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Here's your guide to every Christmas
movie airing on TV this week

Before you open presents, watch these holiday favorites

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All we want for Christmas is… more TV. (Yes, even if there’s currently too much of it.) Luckily, Christmas movies get the marathon treatment come the week of the 25th, and to help you decide which classics (and not-yet-classics) to watch, we’ve made our picks from each time block below. So shimmy down the chimney onto your couch, load up on cookies and milk (and eggnog), and watch away:

Sunday, December 20

EARLY MORNING

Lifetime: Becoming Santa (2:04 AM)

TNT: Call Me Claus (2 AM)

Hallmark: The Christmas Parade (3 AM)

What to Watch: The week begins with barely any offerings under the tree, but if you’re up way too early (days before you have to be!), Lifetime’s Becoming Santa will get you in the holiday mood. Just look at those chunky knit scarves and turtleneck sweaters! 

MORNING

Hallmark: Let It Snow (6 AM)

Starz: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (7:20 AM)

TCM: Scrooge (8 AM)

Hallmark: Matchmaker Santa (8 AM)

ABC Family: Jack Frost (8 AM)

Hallmark: A Bride for Christmas (10 AM)

ABC Family: Prancer (10 AM)

Lifetime: A Snow Globe Christmas (11 AM)

What to Watch: There’ll be plenty of opportunities to watch adaptations of A Christmas Carol during the week, but this is the first of only two airings of Scroogethe 1970 musical film version of the story starring Albert Finney, who nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for his performance as the curmudgeonly Christmas cynic. But if you’re in the mood for something lighter, head over to ABC Family for Prancer, a feel-good tale about a farm girl and her reindeer.

AFTERNOON

Hallmark: A Christmas Detour (12 PM)

ABC Family: A Christmas Carol (12:45 PM)

TNT: Surviving Christmas (1 PM)

ION: How Sarah Got Her Wings (1 PM)

Lifetime: The Spirit of Christmas (1 PM)

Hallmark: A Christmas Melody (2 PM)

ABC Family: The Nightmare Before Christmas (3 PM)

Lifetime: Dear Secret Santa (3 PM)

WGN America: The Search for Santa Paws (3 PM)

ION: A Christmas Kiss II (3 PM)

USA: It’s a Wonderful Life (3:04 PM)

TNT: The Wizard of Oz (3:30 PM)

Hallmark: A Princess for Christmas (4 PM)

ABC Family: The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (4:45 PM)

MTV: Bad Santa (4:50 PM)

WGN America: Santa Buddies (5 PM)

Lifetime: All About Christmas Eve (5 PM)

ION: Merry Kissmas (5 PM)

What to Watch: Have tissues ready when you watch the Oscar-nominated It’s a Wonderful Life, the classic, poignant film about the importance of living life to the fullest. Or, in the same time slot, head down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy and Co. in The Wizard of Oz — sure, it’s not exactly a Christmas film, but it’s just as jolly as one. For a pick that’ll leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, try The Search for Santa Paws, an adventure about a group of magical (and super-cuddly) puppies. For a pick that’ll leave you feeling the complete opposite (but in a good way!), watch the rowdy, raucous Bad Santa, starring a foul-mouthed Billy Bob Thornton in the titular role. 

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EVENING

Hallmark: A Royal Christmas (6 PM)

TNT: Four Christmases (6 PM)

USA: Jingle All the Way 2 (6 PM)

ABC: The Sound of Music: Sing-a-Long (7 PM)

Sundance: Miracle on 34th Street (7 PM)

ABC Family: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (7 PM)

ION: A Christmas Kiss (7 PM)

Lifetime: 12 Men of Christmas (7 PM)

WGN America: Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (7 PM)

Hallmark: Christmas Land (8 PM)

USA: Santa’s Little Helper (8 PM)

ION: Christmas Belle (9 PM)

WGN America: The Muppet Christmas Carol (9 PM)

Lifetime: A Gift Wrapped Christmas (9 PM)

ABC Family: Elf (9:15 PM)

Sundance: Miracle on 34th Street (9:15 PM)

What to Watch: How could you possibly resist a sing-a-long version of The Sound of Music? Again, it’s not quite a Christmas movie, but it’s undeniably a winner. But if you’d rather take in a Christmas-centric film, try A Christmas Kiss, a made-for-tv film on ION, or the Haylie Duff-starring Christmas Bell, or even Lifetime’s A Gift Wrapped Christmas. All those bold colors and bright lights will have you feeling ready for the holiday in no time. (And if nothing else, at least there’s Elf.)

LATE NIGHT

Hallmark: Christmas Under Wraps (10 PM)

ION: Back to Christmas (11 PM)

Lifetime: 12 Men of Christmas (11:02 PM)

Sundance: White Christmas (11:30 PM)

Hallmark: Merry Matrimony (12 AM)

USA: Santa’s Little Helper (1 AM)

ION: A Golden Christmas 2 (1 AM)

Lifetime: A Gift Wrapped Christmas (1:02 AM)

What to Watch: For a romantic comedy with a Christmas comedy and a dozen (no really, a dozen) suitors for Kristin Chenoweth, check out 12 Men of Christmas. Or, for a classic, watch White Christmas on Sundance, the Bing Crosby-starring song-and-dance film set at a Vermont inn.

NEXT: Monday, December 21 [pagebreak]

Monday, December 21

EARLY MORNING

USA: Jingle All the Way 2 (2 AM)

Hallmark: I’m Not Ready for Christmas (2 AM)

Sundance: White Christmas (2:15 AM)

Hallmark: A Cookie Cutter Christmas (4 AM)

What to Watch: Hallmark’s I’m Not Ready for Christmas features a twist that’s not just the fact that Alicia Witt’s heroine isn’t ready for Dec. 25: She winds up not being able to tell lies, leading to holiday hijinks and seasonal shenanigans that bolster this fun, frothy Christmas flick.

MORNING

Hallmark: Once Christmas Eve (6 AM)

ABC Family: Prancer (7 AM)

Hallmark: Crown for Christmas (8 AM)

ABC Family: A Christmas Carol (9 AM)

AMC: All I Want for Christmas (9 AM)

ABC Family: The Nightmare Before Christmas (11:15 AM)

What to Watch: The sweet, saccharine All I Want for Christmas follows two children who, after their divorced mother prepares for remarriage, ask Santa for the family to be together again. On the opposite end of the Christmas movie spectrum is The Nightmare Before Christmas, an always dependable pick for viewers of all ages. 

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AFTERNOON

AMC: Are We There Yet? (1 PM)

ABC Family: The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2:30 PM)

AMC: Last Holiday (3 PM)

ABC Family: Snowglobe (4:30 PM)

AMC: Miracle on 34th Street (5:30 PM)

What to Watch: Sure, it’s not the original, gut-busting The Santa Clause, but the third installment of the franchise, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, also features a splendidly hammy performance by Martin Short as Jack Frost. Meanwhile, AMC will air Last Holiday, starring Queen Latifah as a woman spending her, well, last days living life to the fullest in a fancy European hotel. 

RELATED: The 25 Best Holiday Movies in the Past 25 Years

EVENING

Hallmark: A Christmas Melody (6 PM)

FX: Christmas With the Kranks (6 PM)

ABC Family: Elf (6:30 PM)

AMC: Miracle on 34th Street (8 PM)

Hallmark: 12 Gifts of Christmas (8 PM)

FX: The Santa Clause 2 (8 PM)

Disney: The Year Without a Santa Claus (8 PM)

ABC Family: The Santa Clause (8:45 PM)

What to Watch: It’s cheesy, it’s silly, and it forces Jamie Lee Curtis to sport an awful wig, but Christmas With the Kranks has its charming, uproarious moments. For a safer bet, Elf is sure to make you laugh. But for something with slightly higher stakes, the animated The Year Without a Santa Claus tells the story of Santa’s decision to skip Christmas Eve one year out of pressure (and maybe just mid-life crisis).

LATE NIGHT

FX: The Santa Clause 2 (10 PM)

Hallmark: A Very Merry Mix-Up (10 PM)

AMC: Miracle on 34th Street (10:15 PM)

FX: Christmas with the Kranks (12 AM)

ABC Family: Jack Frost (12 AM)

Hallmark: The Nine Lives of Christmas (12 AM)

AMC: Miracle on 34th Street (12:30 AM)

USA: Santa’s Little Helper (12:36 AM)

What to Watch: Miracle on 34th Street has played a few times over the past two days, but here’s your chance to catch a viewing before the deluge of Christmas marathons gets underway. It’s a can’t-miss classic — or a can’t-forget-to-rewatch classic, depending on how many Christmases you’ve spent with this lovingly crafted (and lovely) film. 

NEXT: Tuesday, December 22 [pagebreak]

Tuesday, December 22

EARLY MORNING

Hallmark: Hats Off to Christmas! (2 AM)

Lifetime: The Christmas Gift (2:04 AM)

AMC: Are We There Yet? (3 AM)

Hallmark: Baby’s First Christmas (4 AM)

What to Watch: Your options are limited in the wee hours of the morning, but you can always count on Hallmark and Lifetime during the holiday season. Hallmark will air Hats Off to Christmas! and Baby’s First Christmas, while Lifetime will feature The Christmas Gift, starring Michelle Trachtenberg as a woman tracking down a mystery Secret Santa. 

MORNING

Hallmark: Christmas Under Wraps (6 AM)

USA: Santa’s Little Helper (6 AM)

SHO2e: Santa Claws (7 AM)

Hallmark: A Christmas Detour (8 AM)

ABC Family: 12 Dates of Christmas (8 AM)

AMC: Last Holiday (9 AM)

BET: Christmas Wedding Baby (9:50 AM)

ABC Family: Holidaze (10 AM)

Disney: Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (10 AM)

Lifetime: A Christmas Romance (10 AM)

CMT:A Christmas Story 2 (10 AM)

Disney: The Year Without a Santa Claus (11 AM)

AMC: A Christmas Carol (11:30 AM)

What to Watch: To kick off your morning, how about watching a movie you’ve probably never heard of and features WWE stars? In Santa’s Little Helper, WWE Diva Paige and The Miz (also of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules challenges fame) go head-to-head in a contest to be Santa’s second-in-command. If you’re not quite in the Christmas mood yet, tune in to AMC for Last Holiday, in which Queen Latifah takes an extravagant trip to Europe when her character learns she has only three weeks to live. A Christmas Story 2 is also playing this morning. You can get it out of the way early before the Christmas Story marathons later in the week. 

AFTERNOON

Lifetime: Christmas in Paradise (12 PM)

ABC Family: Christmas Cupid (12 PM)

AMC: Scrooged (2 PM)

Hallmark: Merry Matrimony (2 PM)

Lifetime: Love at the Christmas Table (2 PM)

ABC Family: Jack Frost (2:15 PM)

Hallmark: The Christmas Parade (4 PM)

Lifetime: On Strike for Christmas (4 PM)

What to Watch: The 2010 ABC Family original movie Christmas Cupid returns to 25 Days of Christmas. Christina Milian, Ashley Benson, and Chad Michael Murray star in this modern adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which also features choking on a martini olive as a cause of death. Following Christmas Cupid, ABC Family has your last chance to watch Jack Frost this week. Over at Lifetime in Love at the Christmas Table, a man realizes that his lifelong best friend — played by Danica McKellar — is his one true love. As an added bonus, Christmas Table also stars our favorite Gilmore Guy, Scott Patterson. 

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EVENING

Encore: The Holiday (5:40 PM)

BET: Christmas at Water’s Edge (5:54 PM)

Hallmark: A Royal Christmas (6 PM)

Lifetime: With This Ring (6 PM)

ABC Family: The Santa Clause (6:30 PM)

Hallmark: Christmasland (8 PM)

Disney: Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (8 PM)

Lifetime: The Christmas Hope (8 PM)

TNT: Four Christmases (8 PM)

ABC Family: The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (8:45 PM)

CMT: A Christmas Story 2 (9 PM)

Disney: A Christmas Carol (9:40 PM)

What to Watch: Tuesday evening has several well-known options if you want to spend the night binge-watching Christmas films. The Holiday on Encore is a light-hearted rom-com with a charming all-star cast of Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black. ABC Family features Tim Allen as The Santa Clause, followed by The Santa Clause 3. Disney also has back-to-back Christmas films with Home Alone: The Holiday Heist and then A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge. For a frothy Hallmark film, watch A Royal Christmas, which is unfortunately not about Will and Kate, but about a woman who discovers her boyfriend is a royal prince (with a mother/Queen who doesn’t approve of her).

LATE NIGHT

TNT: Four Christmases (10 PM)

Hallmark: A Crown for Christmas. (10 PM)

Lifetime: Dear Santa (10:02 PM)

Hallmark: Matchmaker Santa (12 AM)

ABC Family: Holiday in Handcuffs (12 AM)

Lifetime: The Christmas Hope (12:02 AM)

VH1: A Diva’s Christmas Carol (1:30 AM)

What to Watch: Continue the holiday binge with Four Christmases on TNT, where Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn scramble to attend four family get-togethers in one day. Following that, ABC Family has a treat with a film that features Sabrina the Teenage Witch (er, Melissa Joan Hart) kidnapping A.C. Slater for her family Christmas dinner in Holiday in Handcuffs. And yet another Christmas Carol adaptation is airing tonight, this time on VH1 with A Diva’s Christmas Carol, in which Vanessa Williams stars as “Ebony” Scrooge and Kathy Griffin stars as the Ghost of Christmas Past.

NEXT: Wednesday, December 23[pagebreak]

Wednesday, December 23

EARLY MORNING

Hallmark: All I Want for Christmas (2 AM)

AMC: Scrooged (2 AM)

FXM: Switchmas (2 AM)

Lifetime: Dear Santa (2:04 AM)

Hallmark: Northpole: Open for Christmas (4 AM)

Hallmark: Angels Sing (6 AM)

What to Watch: Those who celebrate Christmukkah (looking at you, Seth Cohen) can tune in to FXM for Switchmas, a movie about a Jewish boy who switches places with another boy so he can celebrate Christmas. Also airing in the early morning is Angels Sing on Hallmark, featuring the musical talents of Harry Connick, Jr., Willie Nelson, and Lyle Lovett.

MORNING

ABC Family: The Mistle-Tones (7 AM)

Hallmark: A Boyfriend for Christmas (8 AM)

Lifetime: The March Sisters at Christmas (8 AM)

ABC Family: Holiday in Handcuffs (9 AM)

AMC: A Dennis the Menace Christmas (9 AM)

BET: So This Is Christmas (9:35 AM)

Lifetime: A Christmas Proposal (10 AM)

AMC: Miracle on 34th Street (11 AM)

ABC Family: Santa Baby (11 AM)

What to Watch: If you’re tired of having the same Christmas songs stuck in your head, tune in to ABC Family for The Mistle-Tones. It’s Tia Mowry vs. Tori Spelling in this movie about competing Christmas-themed musical groups. Also playing is The March Sisters at Christmas, Lifetime’s holiday retelling of Little Women. But if you’re looking to start your day with a classic, you can’t go wrong with the original Miracle on 34th Street on AMC. 

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AFTERNOON

Lifetime: Nothing Like the Holidays (12 PM)

ABC Family: Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe (1 PM)

Hallmark: A Princess for Christmas (2 PM)

Lifetime: Wally Lamb’s Wishin’ and Hopin’ (2 PM)

AMC: A Christmas Carol (2:30 PM)

Hallmark: Snow Bride (4 PM)

Lifetime: The Sons of Mistletoe (4 PM)

ABC Family: Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July (4:15 PM)

AMC: Jingle All the Way (5 PM)

What to Watch: Hallmark has been churning out an endless supply of Christmas movies for years, but be sure to catch the network favorite, A Princess for Christmas, where Katie McGrath stars as Jules, a woman who becomes the legal guardian of two kids. They’re invited to visit the children’s grandfather, Duke Edward — played by Sir Roger Moore a.k.a. the classic James Bond — at his castle. The movie also stars Outlander’s Sam Heughan, pre-kilt, as the romantic interest. If that’s not your cup of tea, you can also tune in to AMC later and watch Ahnold run around the Mall of America, chasing after an action figure in Jingle All the Way

RELATED: The Best Holiday Entertainment Ever

EVENING

Hallmark: Charming Christmas (6 PM)

Lifetime: Wish Upon a Christmas (6 PM)

AMC: Scrooged (7 PM)

ABC Family: The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (7:30 PM)

NBC: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (8 PM)

Hallmark: Once Upon a Holiday (8 PM)

Lifetime: Crazy for Christmas (8 PM)

AMC: Christmas With the Kranks (9 PM)

ABC Family: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (9:45 PM)

What to Watch: With Christmas only two days away, this evening offers several favorites. AMC is airing Scrooged, the Bill Murray version of A Christmas Carol. Looking for a family event for all ages? Tune in to NBC for a special airing of the animated classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. At 9:45 p.m., the Griswolds will be on ABC Family for National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. When Clark Griswold tries to create the best Christmas ever, everything that can go wrong does go wrong.  

LATE NIGHT

Hallmark: A Christmas Melody (10 PM)

Lifetime: Wish Upon a Christmas (10:02 PM)

AMC: Jingle All the Way (11 PM)

FX: Christmas With the Kranks (12 AM)

Hallmark: I’m Not Ready for Christmas (12 AM)

ABC Family: Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (12 AM)

MTV: A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (12 AM)

Lifetime: Crazy for Christmas (12:02 AM)

AMC: Miracle on 34th Street (1 AM)

What to Watch: If you missed it on Sunday, here’s your second chance to watch A Christmas Melody, starring — and directed by! — Mariah Carey. The late hour means it’s also primetime to watch Harold and Kumar (and Neil Patrick Harris) celebrate the holiday in their own raunchy and outrageous style in A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

NEXT: Thursday, December 24[pagebreak]

Thursday, December 24

EARLY MORNING

Lifetime: Wish Upon a Christmas (2:04 AM)

TBS: Surviving Christmas (2:30 AM)

Starz Kids and Family: Mrs. Santa Clause (3:15 AM)

AMC: A Dennis the Menace Christmas (3:30 AM)

Hallmark: One Starry Christmas (4 AM)

Starz Kids and Family: Home Alone 4 (4:50 AM)

TCM: Bush Christmas (5:15 AM)

What to Watch: Merry Christmas Eve! Take a break from the late-night gift wrapping to catch A Dennis the Menace Christmas at 3:30. It’s a modern-day version of A Christmas Carol with the added bonus of Dennis being a real menace. For something a little outside the norm of holiday movies, try Bush Christmas at 5:15. It’s set in the Australian outback as kids try to reclaim a stolen horse that could save their farm from foreclosure.

MORNING

Encore Family: Arthur Christmas (6 AM)

Hallmark: Deck the Halls (6 AM)

Syfy: The 12 Disasters of Christmas (6 AM)

Showtime: Alone for Christmas (6:25 AM)

TCM: The Great Rupert (6:45 AM)

FX: Christmas With the Kranks (7 AM)

ABC Family: Rudolph and Frosty: Christmas in July (7 AM)

Encore Family: The Elf Who Didn’t Believe (7:40 AM)

Hallmark: Hats Off to Christmas! (8 AM)

Lifetime: Recipe for a Perfect Christmas (8 AM)

ION: A Golden Christmas (9 AM)

TCM: A Christmas Carol (9:15 AM)

Encore Family: The Boy Who Saved Christmas (9:15 AM)

Starz Kids and Family: Gotta Catch Santa Claus (9:30 AM)

AMC: Miracle on 34th Street (10 AM)

Hallmark: A Very Merry Mix-Up (10 AM)

Lifetime: Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever (10 AM)

Syfy: Abominable Snowman (10 AM)

CMT: A Christmas Story 2 (10 AM)

TCM: Bachelor Mother (10:30 AM)

Encore Family: A Christmas Memory (10:55 AM)

ABC Family: Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (11 AM)

ION: A Golden Christmas 2 (11 AM)

What to Watch: At 6:25, turn your attention to Showtime for Alone for Christmas, which follows a dog that the family has left —you guessed it — alone for Christmas. (It all goes south when a burglar breaks in, and the dog must pull out every trick in the book to stop it, like a furrier version of Home Alone.) Or, if you’ve ever wondered what goes down in the North Pole when they aren’t slaving over your Christmas presents, watch Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July at 7. At 10, don’t miss Grumpy Cat learning the true meaning of Christmas in Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.

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AFTERNOON

TCM: Meet John Doe (12 PM)

Hallmark: A Cookie Cutter Christmas (12 PM)

Lifetime: Holly’s Holiday (12 PM)

LMN: Walking the Halls (12 PM)

CMT: A Christmas Story 2 (12 PM)

AMC: White Christmas (12:15 PM)

Encore Family: Arthur Christmas (12:30 PM)

ABC Family: Prancer (1 PM)

ION: A Golden Christmas 3 (1 PM)

Hallmark: Let It Snow (2 PM)

Lifetime: Holiday In Your Heart (2 PM)

TCM: Christmas in Connecticut (2:15 PM)

AMC: Jingle All the Way (3 PM)

ION: Holiday Road Trip (3 PM)

WNGA: The Search for Santa Paws (3 PM)

ABC Family: The Nightmare Before Christmas (3:15 PM)

Encore Black: Mixed Nuts (3:15 PM)

Starz Kids and Family: Gotta Catch Santa Claus (3:20 PM)

Nickelodeon: Santa Hunters (3:30 PM)

Hallmark: Royal Christmas (4 PM)

Lifetime: The Christmas Gift (4 PM)

TCM: Holiday Affair (4:15 PM)

Starz Kids and Family: Babes in Toyland (4:30 PM)

ION: A Christmas Reunion (5 PM)

FX: The Santa Clause 2 (5 PM)

WGNA: Santa Buddies (5 PM)

AMC: Scrooged (5 PM)

Encore: The Holiday (5:40 PM)

What to Watch: If you haven’t seen a cheesy Lifetime movie yet, cross one off your list at noon with Holly’s Holiday, which will have you questioning whether anyone really wants a spouse who’s perfect. At 3:15, watch Steve Martin run a crisis hotline during the holidays in 1994’s Mixed Nuts. (Bonus: Adam Sandler plays a ukulele player.) At 5, don’t miss Bill Murray in Scrooged as he handles the visits of three ghosts in true Murray style.

EVENING

TCM: Meet Me in St. Louis (6 PM)

Hallmark: A Bride for Christmas (6 PM)

Lifetime: Christmas In the City (6 PM)

HBO: Black Nativity (6:20 PM)

ABC Family: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (6:30 PM)

AMC: Christmas With the Kranks (7 PM)

ION: A Prince for Christmas (7 PM)

FX: A Christmas Carol (7 PM)

TNT: A Christmas Story (7 PM)

WNGA: Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (7 PM)

Disney: Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas! (8 PM)

Lifetime: The Flight Before Christmas (8 PM)

MTV: A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (8 PM)

Starz Kids and Family: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (8 PM)

Hallmark: Matchmaker Santa (8 PM)

TCM: The Bishop’s Wife (8 PM)

WE: Last Holiday (8 PM)

NBC: It’s a Wonderful Life (8 PM)

TBS: A Christmas Story (8 PM)

ABC Family: Elf (8:45 PM)

AMC: Jingle All the Way (9 PM)

ION: A Christmas Wedding Date (9 PM)

FXM: A Christmas Carol (9 PM)

WGNA: The Muppet Christmas Carol (9 PM)

What to Watch: At 6:20, watch Jennifer Hudson in Black Nativity send her son to spend the holidays with his estranged grandparents, a decision made in desperation that just might bring the whole family together again. At 8, sit down with your whole family for the yearly viewing of A Christmas Story. And if it’s not yearly, it should be — Ralphie trying to convince everyone he deserves a Red Ryder BB gun is a classic, and rightfully so. Also playing is the Frank Capra classic It’s a Wonderful Life for you to watch with all your loved ones. But, hey, we don’t judge; if you’d rather catch A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas at 8, we won’t hold it against you.

Late Night

Hallmark: Christmas Under Wraps (10 PM)

TCM: Auntie Mame (10 PM)

TBS: A Christmas Story (10 PM)

Lifetime: All About Christmas Eve (10:02 PM)

AMC: Scrooged (11 PM)

ION: A Perfect Christmas List (11 PM)

FXM: A Christmas Carol (11 PM)

Hallmark: Christmas Land (12 AM)

Lifetime: The Flight Before Christmas (12:02 AM)

ABC Family: The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (12 AM)

TCM: Mrs. Parkington (12:30 AM)

ION: Christmas Town (1 AM)

AMC: A Christmas Carol (1 AM)

USA: Santa’s Little Helper (1 AM)

Hallmark: On the Twelfth Day of Christmas (1:30 AM)

Lifetime: All About Christmas Eve (2:04 AM)

Hallmark: Family for Christmas (3 AM)

What to Watch: At 10, head to Hallmark for Christmas Under Wraps, in which a doctor moves to Alaska and ends up finding much more than she bargained for — including a Christmas secret. At 11, switch to ION for A Perfect Christmas List. Watching Evie complete tasks for her hospitalized grandmother will have you feeling appreciative for all the family time tomorrow will most likely bring. 

NEXT: Friday, December 25[pagebreak]

Friday, December 25

ALL DAY

Starz Kids and Family: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (From 12 AM to 7:50 PM)

TBS: A Christmas Story (From 12 AM to 8 PM)

TNT: A Christmas Story (From 1 AM to 9 PM)

FXM: A Christmas Carol

What to Watch: No need to rush to catch these holiday flicks — they’re airing all day long. (Hint: This is how you know they’re the best.)

EARLY MORNING

TCM: The Shop Around the Corner (2:45 AM)

AMC: All I Want for Christmas (3:30 AM)

Hallmark: Christmas Incorporated (4:30 AM)

TCM: Little Women (4:30 AM)

What to Watch: It’s finally here! Merry Christmas! If you’re still up creating holiday magic, give yourself a little break and turn on The Shop Around the Corner, in which two gift shop employees who get on each other’s nerves fall in love as anonymous pen pals — it’s the 1940 version of You’ve Got Mail. Stick with TCM for Little Women at 4:30; the March girls are sure to inspire some holiday cheer.

MORNING

Hallmark: Merry Matrimony (6 AM)

Sundance: Miracle on 34th Street (6 AM)

TCM: Little Women (6:45 AM)

ABC Family: Prancer (7 AM)

HBO: Home Alone (7 AM)

Hallmark: Charming Christmas (7:30 AM)

Sundance: White Christmas (7:36 AM)

Lifetime: All She Wants for Christmas (8 AM)

Encore: The Holiday (8:40 AM)

TCM: Scrooge (8:45 AM)

Hallmark: 12 Gifts of Christmas (9 AM)

Sundance: A Christmas Carol (9 AM)

Hallmark: I’m Not Ready for Christmas (10:30 AM)

TCM: Three Godfathers (10:45 AM)

Sundance: Miracle on 34th Street (11 AM)

What to Watch: At 6, turn on Miracle on 34th Street so you can learn what happens every time a bell rings as you tear through your gifts. If the kids aren’t into the 1947 film, switch to Home Alone at 7 — but prepare yourselves for the amount of booby traps they’ll be inspired to set. If you missed Miracle on 34th Street the first time around, turn it on at 11. You really need to know what happens with that bell.

AFTERNOON

Hallmark: Angel of Christmas (12 PM)

ABC Family: The Nightmare Before Christmas (12:30 PM)

TCM: I’ll Be Seeing You (12:45 PM)

Sundance: A Christmas Carol (1 PM)

Hallmark: ‘Tis the Season for Love (1:30 PM)

FXM: A Christmas Carol (1:30 PM)

Lifetime: Christmas on the Bayou (2 PM)

ABC Family: The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2:15 PM)

TCM: The Man Who Came to Dinner (2:15 PM)

Hallmark: Northpole: Open for Christmas (3 PM)

ION: How Sarah Got Her Wings (3 PM)

Lifetime: Kristin’s Christmas Past (4 PM)

TCM: In the Good Old Summertime (4:15 PM)

Hallmark: Once Upon a Holiday (4:30 PM)

Disney: Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas! (4:30 PM)

ABC Family: Elf (5 PM)

ION: A Christmas Truce (5 PM)

Bravo: Jingle All The Way 2 (5 PM)

VH1: Bad Santa (5 PM)

What to Watch: At 12:30, switch it up a little bit with The Nightmare Before Christmas, when pumpkin king Jack Skellington discovers the brightness and warmth associated with a different holiday. If skeletons aren’t your thing, maybe the Grinch is. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is on all day on Starz Kids and Family, so now would be an excellent opportunity to take a trip to Whoville.

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EVENING

Hallmark: A Christmas Detour (6 PM)

TCM: It Happened on 5th Avenue (6 PM)

Lifetime: Twelve Men of Christmas (6 PM)

VH1: Bad Santa (7 PM)

ABC Family: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (7:15 PM)

Hallmark: Crown for Christmas (7:30 PM)

Disney XD: ‘Twas the Night (7:30 PM)

TCM: Annie (8 PM)

Lifetime: A Gift Wrapped Christmas (8 PM)

TBS: Four Christmases (8 PM)

Hallmark: A Christmas Detour (9 PM)

VH1: Bad Santa (9 PM)

ION: The Family Stone (9 PM)

Encore: The Holiday (9:45 PM)

Lifetime: Becoming Santa (10:02 PM)

TCM: Bachelor Mother (10:15 PM)

Hallmark: Ice Sculpture Christmas (10:30 PM)

What to Watch: At 7:15, when you’re overly stuffed from all the holiday eats and there are no more unopened gifts, sit down with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Although be warned — all your presents will seem just slightly underwhelming when you consider that, yet again, you didn’t get an Invisibility Cloak.

LATE NIGHT

ION: Christmas Twister (11 PM)

VH1: Bad Santa (11 PM)

ABC Family: Santa Claus is Coming to Town (12 AM)

Hallmark: A Princess for Christmas (12 AM)

ABC Family: The Year Without a Santa Claus (1 AM)

Hallmark: A Boyfriend for Christmas (2 AM)

What to Watch: Another Christmas has come and gone. Sigh. To assuage those post-holiday blues, check out 1974’s stop-motion The Year Without a Santa Claus on ABC Family at 1 AM. If you’re still up at 2, switch to Hallmark for A Boyfriend for Christmas — although maybe skip this one if you spent all day fielding questions from family members about why you’re flying solo yet again.

…And it’s over! Missed any films you wanted to see? Better luck next year. (And happy holidays to you, from the TV-lovers at EW.)

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